Convent closed to public | some tenant studios remain open

    We wish to advise that in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the entire Convent precinct is now closed to the public effective immediately, until further notice.

    This includes the closure of our onsite eateries and cafes, galleries, gardens, the school and markets. The Abbotsford Farmers Market scheduled for this Saturday will be relocated to 2 Wingrove Street, Alphington (see Melbourne Farmers Market for details). 

    This step is based on the Prime Minister issued ‘Stage 2’ coronavirus (COVID-19) directives which come into effect at midnight tonight, Wednesday 25 March 2020.

    Only members of the onsite tenant community of artists, sole traders and small businesses remain on site at their own discretion at this time, along with a security presence. Many of the artists and small businesses onsite sell their products and services online – a great way to support our creative community when they need it most!

    WellBeing clients may visit practitioners as per government directives in regard to essential health services – clients will be met by practitioners at the pink door entrance on St Heliers Street.

    All events in the Convent’s venues and outdoor spaces have been postponed until further notice. If you had booked to attend an upcoming event or workshop, please contact the organisers of your event directly for further information.

    We are deeply saddened by the need to take this action, and have every empathy for everyone impacted, but the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, artists, and staff – and indeed our entire community – must come first.

    For Now…

    Please take care of yourselves, and thank you all for your understanding and support.

    Be sure to take every step you can to protect your health, and please know that the spirit of community on which the Convent is built is behind you.

    If you have any questions relating to the Convent at this time, please contact us at But we ask that you please be patient as we work our way through enquiries and questions at this time.

    Please stay tuned for Convent updates on our Facebook and website, and we hope to see you again soon.

    Collette Brennan

    Abbotsford Convent CEO